Ritual: n. a formal event(s) with a series of orderly authoritative actions
There are many religious, cult, sorority, fraternity, secret society, gang, etc. rituals which are a formal event(s) done with a series of orderly authoritative actions.
A baptism is a ritual, voodoo doll making and using, chicken slaughter and bloodletting, hazing, a birthday party, boot camp, and other rituals are as varied as the human imagination. Before you become a member of many societies or groups you frequently have to go through one or more initiation rituals before you become an accepted member by the group.
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